I’m in need of a few dental implants. They’re kind of pricey, though I know they’re worth the price. I’ve heard that you can save a lot of money on dental implants by going to Mexico because they don’t have all the red tape and regulations our country has. Is there anything I can do to make it go more smoothly?
Dental Tourism is popular, but there are considerations. One place I definitely wouldn’t recommend is Mexico. Yes, you can get them significantly cheaper. But, you also put yourself at great risk. That red tape and regulations you were talking about? They’re what’s keeping you safe.
One example of that is the sterilization of dental equipment. We have strict standards of cleanliness and mandatory sterilization of materials used. Mexico has no such law. It’s completely up to the dentists whether they clean the equipment between patients or not. While I’m sure most dentists wouldn’t want to intentionally put someone in danger, what if the dentist you go to for “affordable dental implants” is a tad on the lazy side? Are you willing to risk it?
We’ve seen patients return from procedures done in other countries with massive infections. Infections so bad we not only have to remove the dental implants but the surrounding bone as well. Some have even lost a chunk of their jaw as a result. While that may have been a cheap dental implant procedure it certainly wasn’t affordable.
A Safer Way to Get Affordable Dental Implants
First, if someone has lost all their teeth and is in need of complete tooth replacements, instead of getting a full set of dental implants, they can get implant overdentures. Some of them, like snap-on dentures, utilize as few as two dental implants. Then they can gradually add more as they are able.
But, what if you’re only in need of one or two implants as you are? Your best option is to work with a skilled implant dentist who is compassionate when it comes to the financial side of things. Most dentists want to help people. If you let them know you can’t afford them outright, I’m sure a dentist will be willing to allow you to pay out the implants.
If they’re not, there’s a medical credit card called Care Credit, which allows patients to get the procedures they need and pay it out in increments. Generally, they are low-interest. If you have good credit, you could qualify for zero interest.
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